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The western fires
I realize all of you have problems of your own, but you could also please pray for our fire victims, and for the firefighters?


Saturday morning at 8:15 AM, Orange County:

I don't have any information about individual Lancers. All I can say is that the various fires affect these places where Lancers live: 

Bend, Oregon and many towns throughout Oregon

Healdsburg and Napa County

Vacaville, CA

Big Sur

Salinas, CA

Santa Cruz County, CA

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

The mountain areas between Azusa and Pasadena, CA

Yucaipa, CA

Many, many areas not affected by fire are affected by smoke and unhealthy air, including the Bay Area of San Francisco,

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John Schulze on September 14, 2020 at 6:30 AM said:

6am western Oregon, 9/14. Cheryl, my ex, has been displaced since 9/8 when the fire tore through Vida, Leaburg, Blue River and down to Walterville. Level 3evac came then. She thinks the place is still there but have no power to ck the cams. Julie, my youngest '40' was evac on 9/10 from Fall Creek/ Jasper, but they are back 9/12. Jeanne & l were 5mi from The Sweet Creek, Mapleton fire that was intentionally set on 9/3, contained by 9/7. Thankfully they captured the Moron. We haven't seen the sun in 10 days. lf you can remember the smog of the late 50's/60's, much worse than that. Next year they are going to radically thin the forests to keep them healthy and less dangerous..
D. B. Osberg, '67 on September 12, 2020 at 7:04 PM said:

I found a fully intact grey leaf, which had come from at least 25 miles away, in the driveway. What a find! But, it was only ash, quickly dissolving in my hand! The sun, when not completely hidden by the smoke overcast, is an apocalyptic red. It always looks like it's going to rain, and rain it does--ash! I don't breathe too deeply, for when I do I can feel the stretch! At 10am, it's dark, the sun seems as though below the horizon; it's as though I'm in Tierra del Fuego sometime in June! Times are strange.

D. B. Osberg '67
Tommy Kerr '67 on September 12, 2020 at 10:18 AM said:

The entire Bay Area and north and east are affected by lightning fires that started from a Pacific storm from Mexico a month ago. Hundreds of strikes of lightning blew up early that morning for the likes the Bay Area has never seen. By ten o'clock that morning it had moved northward toward our county and started 34 raging fires, the largest being "The Mendocino Fire " to our west. The worst in our area is "The Bear Fire " now known as the " North Complex Fire " in Oroville that caused us to pack up and connect our trailer and truck and packed car and get ready to evacuate. The sky was black as midnight all day till about noon when it lightened slightly enough to drive over to the canyon to see there were no flames and none south or north of us, thank God. We've been through this before! Now there are on shore winds from the coast that are blowing the Mendocino fire smoke here and mixing with the Bear fire smoke from Oroville and making for extremely bad air. Now they say the Jarbo Gap winds are expected on Monday, Tues, and Wednesday. These winds are bad and could stir these lighting fires up even worse, so we are not unpacking just yet and the Bear fire has been devastating to the communities around Oroville killing 9 people so far. Our annual camping trip over to Lake Tahoe has been cancelled! Things could be much worse though so we are hoping and praying for the best.
Robert Althouse, 67 on September 12, 2020 at 8:32 AM said:

This is awful - it looks like the whole west coast is burning and the air quality has got to be really bad too. Sending everyone prayers for a safe passage.

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